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Russian human rights activists demand Khodorkovsky transfer from Siberia

[JURIST] A Russian NGO said Monday that a group of Russian human rights activists have urged Russian ombudsman Vladimir Lukin [profile] to work to secure the transfer of jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev from penal colonies in Siberia to prison camps in Moscow or the surrounding area. The call to Lukin, made by a group of artists, lawyers, politicians, and others, said that Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were treated in a highly unusual manner and had their rights violated when they were placed in remote labor camps [BBC prison profile] after receiving 8-year sentences in a process that many saw as politically motivated [JURIST report]. MosNews has more.

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